The 10:00 am service is our main Sunday worship service. It’s a blend of Christian tradition with contemporary and multicultural elements, all grounded in scripture and focused on our loving relationship with the Living God. Every Sunday there are Bible readings and a sermon. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.
Our “Whole Body Sundays” occur on the fifth Sunday of the month. Sunday School that day is worship itself so that the whole family, including students and teachers, can worship together. Whole Body services also aim for a fuller range of expression in worship—more drama, more dance, more different kinds of music and other arts.
Adults: throughout the year, Adult Sunday School classes meet on Sunday mornings at 8:45 before the worship service for a time of fellowship and growth.
Children & Youth: Children are invited to join their family in the sanctuary for the start of the 10:00 am worship service. Following a special moment with children called Snapchat, children in kindergarten through 7th grade are dismissed for Sunday School classes. Along with reading the text, classes will use drama, music, art, and service activities to help bring the Biblical stories to life for the children. Child care is also available during the 10:00 am worship service. The crib/toddler room is just steps from the sanctuary in room 214.
We believe that when we take steps of faith to serve others and grow in our faith, we feel the presence of God deeply in our lives. We move from being consumers of faith to investors, people who join God in the holy work of transforming our world. And we learn the paradox of faith—that when we give, we receive. There are many ways to go deeper in your faith, and we invite you to take the next step forward.
Advent: The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called Advent, a time of anticipation and preparation for the birth of the Christ-Child. We hang the greens in our sanctuary and decorate our church in excitement for what is to come and host an Advent Workshop for children of all ages!
Blue Christmas Service: The holidays are often the most difficult time of year for many who have lost loved ones. Our “Blue Christmas” service honors the range of emotions many of us feel during the Christmas season, and is especially crafted for those experiencing sadness and grief, missing loved ones or recalling painful memories. We gather one evening during Advent for this beautiful service of light in our darkness.
Christmas Eve: We gather for the most special night of the year for an intergenerational service of candlelight, carols, singing Silent Night, and to hear the beloved Christmas story. Our anticipation of Christ’s birth begins at 7:00 pm with special music which will lead right into our Christmas Eve service at 7:30 pm. Following our worship service all are invited to a wassail reception.
Lenten Services: Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40 days of Lent, a six-week period dedicated to reflection, prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter. The ashes, applied in the shape of a cross, are a symbol of penance, mourning and mortality. The Maundy Thursday service, held the last Thursday before Easter, commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Our Good Friday service is an ecumenical worship experience we plan and share with sister congregations in Kent. After Good Friday's evening service, we keep vigil to commemorate Jesus’ death and our hope for his resurrection. We pray for newness to emerge in our lives and in our world, and to maintain our prayers until the good news breaks on Easter! Easter morning we ring our bells in celebration of the resurrection of our Lord!
Midweek Lenten Meals: We host a Wednesday Lenten dinner series followed by a special Lenten program.
Kent United Church of Christ
1400 E. Main Street
Kent, Ohio 44240
Regular Office Hours
Mon–Fri 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Summer Office Hours
Mon–Fri 9:00 am–2:00 pm